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HVRHS principal has resigned

FALLS VILLAGE — The principal of Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) resigned Wednesday, Aug. 14.

Mattew J. Harnett gave a verbal notice Aug. 14 to Region One Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain, with a written resignation to follow.

Chamberlain said Thursday, Aug. 15, that Harnett is taking a job as principal at a middle school in Bristol, Conn. 

Harnett was principal at Berlin High School before taking the HVRHS job in 2011.

PowerSchool administrator Gina Jasmine also resigned, to take a similar job in Danbury, Chamberlain said.

“We’ll miss them both,” she said.

Jonathan Moore, chairman of the Region One Board of Education, said by phone on Thursday, Aug. 15, that the board will  hold a special meeting next week to decide how to proceed on finding an interim principal and search for a long-term replacement. 

Harnett was hired in May 2011, with a two-year contract. He was principal of Torrington Middle School from 2006-10, associate principal at New Britain High School from 2004-06, and assistant principal at Seymour High School from 2002-04. 

Attempts to reach Harnett’s cell phone were not successful as of 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15.